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Dartmouth remembers C. Everett Koop

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More Tuesday on the legacy of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

Koop served under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. He then founded the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth, his alma mater. His work focused on giving everyone equal access to health care and embracing technology, while keeping a strong doctor-patient relationship.

Those who knew him best, including the senior scholar at the Koop Institute, say no matter the topic, whether it was AIDS, substance abuse or obesity, Koop's solutions were always based on the best science.

"His legacy rests, I think, with the fact that he had this unbelievable courage to use science as the basis for making policy. So, no matter how unpopular or how political it was, Dr. Koop stepped forward with the best science," said Dr. Joe O'Donnell of the Koop Institute.

Koop died at his home in Hanover Monday. He was 96.

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